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A visionary model for 21st century living

The future is now, and the future is here — at UC Davis West Village.

The new campus community that opened last fall is poised to change the way communities are designed, built and lived in — throughout California and around the world. And that’s not an overstatement. UC Davis West Village is planned as the country's largest “zero net energy” community, which means it is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

When completed, the 130-acre UC Davis West Village site will be home to about 3,000 students, faculty and staff in 662 apartments and 343 single-family houses. If the community achieves its energy goals, it will set a national standard for sustainable design.

And where better to conduct this kind of experiment than at UC Davis, a global leader in its commitment to sustainability and environmental research?

(UC Davis West Village encourages the community to achieve its “zero net energy” goals. Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

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